Blessed Herman's Eremitical Network is the prayerful support of the Leonie League for the Advancement of Autistic
Persons (Leonie League) and the Sisters/Brothers for the Autistic.
Since autistics are resistant to change, the Cloister Outreach Affiliate New Foundations (CONF) concluded that hermits
with autism would be better off in their own surroundings, connected by a common network, and following their own Plan of
Life according to their needs.
One of the patrons of the hermits will be Leonie Martin, sister of St. Therese, "The Little Flower." Leonie had a
difficult time settling into religious life, but she eventually did so--on the fourth try.
In imitation of their patron's famous sister, the hermits will use the "Prayer of Love toward Jesus and Mary." Silence
comes naturally to the autistic, so loving Him in lieu of words becomes their prayer. During her final illness, St.
Therese was asked how she prayed. "I don't say anything," she replied. "I love Him."
We recommend modest apparel for both men and women. A simple hoodie of conservative color can suffice for a habit.
If more of a habit is desired, then the hooded tunic is recommended. For women, the tiechel is the "veil"
of choice. If consecration is actually made in the hands of a bishop, then a real veil worn regularly by women religious
Please note that this site is still under construction, and pages detailing the Transition into an eremitical life, and
religious rules will be published.
|Leonie Martin, pray for us.